Look away now: The 5 most horrific injuries in sports history (GRAPHIC)

RT Sport examines five athletes who suffered horrific injuries during their pursuits.

1. Samir Ait Said – Leg fracture, artistic gymnastics.

French gymnast Said Ait Samir suffered a horrific broken leg while performing an extremely challenging vault during the men’s qualifying session at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Hanging in the opposite direction were his foot and the lower portion of his shin, as his leg crumbled beneath him. The athlete then fell to the floor, clutching his leg below the knee, following an unsuccessful vault landing. This happened to Said’s left leg.

It was later disclosed that Said had suffered an open-double fracture of the shinbone and calf bone.

The 27-year old, who has since fully recovered from the injury, plans to return to competition by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

2. Ice dancing: Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison.

In the 2007 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Canadian figure skater Jessica Dube needed 80 stitches to repair severe facial lacerations on her nose and left cheek, after her face was slashed by her skate partner’s blade while performing parallel spins in the free program.

Coming in second in the free program, they earned the bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships. In addition to winning gold at the 2007-08 Skate America, the duo secured their initial Grand Prix medals in the subsequent season.

3. NFL: Marcus Lattimore.

In the 2012 game against Tennessee, Marcus Lattimore, who was a player for the University of South Carolina, received a strong impact and was widely regarded as the top running back in college football.

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His knee fully displaced, effectively terminating his career, as the player never recovered from the dreadful injury.

Throughout the entire season, he remained on the bench and did not get a chance to play a single game for the team. However, the San Francisco 49ers NFL organization picked him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.

He made the decision to retire at the age of 23. His post-injury form was far cry from the stunning college performances that had made him a rising star.

4. Soccer: Paulo Diogo.

During the lively festivities, the athlete leaped onto the metallic partition, while Servette FC player Paulo Diogo successfully netted a goal in an opposing match against FC Schaffhausen on December 5, 2004.

Diogo had gotten married shortly before the match, when he jumped off, ripping off the most of his finger, leaving it hanging on the fence. He didn’t notice that his wedding ring had gotten caught in the barrier.

5. Ice hockey: Clint Malarchuk.

During a game against the St. Louis Blues in 1989, Clint Malarchuk, the goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres, was struck in the throat.

In the first period, at the start of the game, Steve Tuttle from the Blues collided with Sabres defenseman Uwe Krupp right in front of Malarchuk’s net, where Tuttle’s skate blade struck the goalie’s neck, severing his carotid artery.

When Malarchuk removed his helmet, blood spurted from his neck and splattered the faceoff circle.

An ambulance arrived at the stadium following Pizzutelli’s administration of initial medical assistance, alongside the team doctors. Interestingly, Pizzutelli had pursued sports medicine studies upon his return from the Vietnam War, a situation that could have resulted in fatality if not for the intervention of the Sabres coach.

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Malarchuk, who had lost 1.5 liters of blood and had 300 stitches to his neck, returned to action just 10 days later.

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